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Prestigious Italian Winery Fantinel Appoints U.S. Import Portfolio to August Wine Group


Prestigious Italian Winery Fantinel Appoints U.S. Import Portfolio to August Wine Group

Fantinel Celebrates 50th Anniversary as Largest Producer of DOC Prosecco in Friuli

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SEATTLE, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- August Wine Group, a Seattle-based importer of industry-leading wineries and family-owned boutique estates in Europe and South America, today announced an exclusive partnership with prominent Italian producer Fantinel to import its wines, Tenuta Sant' Helena, Borgo Tesis and Fantinel Sparkling.

Fantinel is a third-generation family winery founded in 1969, and today is the largest producer and private holder of vineyards in the venerated region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. With distinctive growing sites in Collio, Collio Orientali and Grave, Fantinel is recognized around the world as a leader in the production of premium Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and other classic wines of the region. In the United States, Fantinel moves its robust portfolio to August Wine Group, with a multi-year plan to aggressively expand sales.

"We pride ourselves on excellence in our wine and in our partnerships," says company President Marco Fantinel. "Our collaboration with August Wine Group is an important step in building on our success and our continued growth as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our family winery in 2019. The United States is an extremely important market for us, and the top-flight leadership and sales team at August Wine Group matches our ethos and ambitions perfectly."

"Marco and his family have built an impeccable reputation around the world as one of the true icons of Friuli, one of Italy's most dynamic wine regions," says Brian Erwin, Partner and Chief Sales Officer of August Wine Group. "They are an outstanding addition to our family of accomplished producers and their exceptional wines – already highly proven in the market to thousands of customers – have strong room for sales growth."

To optimize Fantinel's growth, August Wine Group will tap top-tier national accounts, employing a strong educational strategy via training, tastings, social media, video content and more. The emphasis will be on Fantinel's unique combination of qualitative excellence and site-specific, terroir-driven wines. August Wine Group offers its portfolio through a network of more than 60 fine-wine distributors across the United States.

Established five decades ago by passionate restaurateur and hotelier Paron Mario Fantinel, the Fantinel winery was born of an intense enthusiasm for wine and food. The estate has grown from a small vineyard site in Collio to become the largest producer of DOC Prosecco in Friuli, now sold in more than 90 countries around the world. Recently, Fantinel Prosecco was ranked the No. 1 on-premise wine brand in the United Kingdom by The Morning Advertiser and CGA Strategy, just ahead of Moet & Chandon Champagne.

About August Wine Group
Founded in 2001, August Wine Group ( is a Seattle-based importer specializing in the import, branding, education and sales of high-quality wines of distinct character from Europe and South America. The company's prestigious portfolio, co-managed by partners Joshua Hanson and Brian Erwin, comprises small, environmentally responsible and world-class producers from both well-established and emerging wine regions. The portfolio includes Bocelli, Fabre en Provence, Giocato, La Quercia, Sprizzerí, Navarro Correas and Viña Ventisquero. August Wine Group's portfolio represents more than 200,000 case sales annually across North America and major international markets.


SOURCE August Wine Group

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